If you suffer from incessant ringing in the ears, you’ll know that tinnitus can affect a lot more than just your hearing. Tinnitus can be incredibly frustrating for patients because it is subjective and does not have a single underlying cause or cure. Whilst some patients barely notice their tinnitus symptoms, the condition can take a big emotional impact on other’s everyday routine and quality of life. In fact, it has been linked to various other health issues such as lack of concentration, sleep problems, and heightened anxiety. This is made worse by the fact many patients are told there is nothing they can do about their tinnitus.
Whilst not necessarily curable, tinnitus is treatable. Thanks to modern techniques and advancements in tinnitus treatment, patients are now learning to better deal with their symptoms. One such therapy offered by the Perth hearing specialists at The Art of Hearing is tinnitus retraining therapy.
What is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is a type of habituation therapy for patients suffering from tinnitus. Much like we learn to ignore the low-level sounds around us (like traffic and other background noises), the goal of this therapy is not to eliminate tinnitus, but to habituate the patient’s response to it by “retraining” the brain to ignore associated sounds. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy requires close cooperation with your hearing specialist, and can involve several different steps and techniques. The two main components of the retraining technique are sound therapy and counselling/education. At The Art of Hearing, we focus on an holistic approach to tinnitus treatment. This typically includes:
- Hearing consultation – As part of the retraining therapy, you will meet with one of our Perth hearing specialists for a consultation. The audiologist will evaluate your symptoms, talk to you about your daily living habits, and teach you about tinnitus itself. The aim of this is to help patients better understand their symptoms and how the brain processes sounds to demystify tinnitus.
- Sound therapy – A key component of tinnitus treatment is sound therapy. This is a retraining technique whereby low-level sound is generated through wearable devices. The aim of this broad band noise is to divert the patient’s attention away from the tinnitus and help them ignore their symptoms. This therapy can work on different levels, offering both immediate relief and long-term habituation for tinnitus sufferers. If your tinnitus is linked to hearing loss, your hearing specialist may also recommend hearing aids as part of this treatment.
- Counselling and relaxation activities – In addition to sound therapy, our audiologists will also help you identify and reduce the emotional stressors associated with tinnitus. They may offer you advice on dietary changes, physical exercise, strategies to improve your sleep routine, and stress management techniques.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy in Perth
If you suffer from tinnitus, don’t let your symptoms take a toll on your quality of life. At The Art of Hearing, our Perth hearing specialists are dedicated to providing the latest advancements in hearing solutions and tinnitus treatment. Whether you’re a long-term sufferer or experiencing tinnitus for the first time, book a consultation with our audiologists at our Perth hearing clinics to find out how we can help you better manage your symptoms.